Small cakes made with a primary ingredient, mixed with batter, and fried, are found in many American cuisines. "Corn fritters"' and "apple fritters" are well known. Fritters may use regular flour, cornmeal, or a mix. In a good fritter, the taste of the primary ingredient should predominate and not be overwhelmed by the taste of the batter. New England clam cakes, Maryland crab cakes, and Philadelphia scrapple are essentially varieties of fritter.
In Canada a fritter is a variety of holeless doughnut with apple flavoured ones being the most popular.